screech Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"screech" in British English

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screechverb [I]

uk   us   /skriːtʃ/
to make an ​unpleasant, ​loud, high ​noise: She was screeching at him at the ​top of her ​voice. He was screeching withpain/​laughter. [+ speech] "Don't you ​daretouch me!" she screeched. The ​car screeched to a ​halt/​standstill (= ​stopped very ​suddenly, making a ​loud high ​noise).figurative The ​economicrecovery is ​likely to screech to a ​halt/​standstill (= ​stop very ​suddenly) if ​taxes are ​increased.

screechnoun [C]

uk   us   /skriːtʃ/
a ​long, ​loud, high ​noise that is ​unpleasant to ​hear: He let out a ​loud screech. The ​truckstopped with a screech ofbrakes.
(Definition of screech from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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screechverb [I]

 us   /skritʃ/
to make a ​long, ​loud, high ​noise: They ​clappedtheirhands and screeched with ​laughter. A ​semitrailertruck screeched to a ​halt (= ​stoppedsuddenly with a ​long, ​loud, high ​noise of ​itsbrakes) .
screech
noun [C]  us   /skritʃ/
The ​truckstopped with a screech of ​brakes.
(Definition of screech from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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